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Latest posts by KT53

Recycling Tree branches (from pruning)

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 18:45

I can almost hear the theme tune from "The Good Life"

It's good to see somebody thinking about how they can reuse items rather than just binning or taking to the tip (I have to admit I do the latter most of the time)


Posted: 19/04/2014 at 18:37

Bindweed can be difficult to completely eradicate but pulling it out, not hoeing as that just chops it up into small pieces which will each grow, and disposing of in the bin will reduce the problem.

If you feel up to it you can dig it out.  The roots are long, white and stiff, quite unlike most other roots.  It can be quite a job but worth it.

Recycling Tree branches (from pruning)

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 10:22

Your only other practical alternatives would have been to shred it, not easy if you don't own a shredder; chop it up and put it in the bin, or take it to your local recycling centre.

You seem to have made good use of it, although it will probably rot away quite quickly around the compost heap.

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 10:18

If they're going to come 'home' anyway what's the harm?  We all love going on holiday don't we and air travel adds to the excitement.

Help, honeysuckle hanging off wall and bamboo

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 10:16

I doubt you'll be able to hammer anything into the ground deep enough.  Unless it's a particularly fast growing bamboo it will probably be years before it becomes a problem anyway.

The most effective barrier to its roots would be to put paving slabs on edge but that would require you to dig down 15 or 18 inches to put them in.

grey squirrels

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 17:42

Unfortunately I have to agree that it is too late to stop grey squirrels.  They are invaders i.e. not a native species and they have driven the native reds out of many areas.  It is also an offence to release a grey squirrel if it has been trapped.

Culling might work in areas where the numbers are low, but apart from that, like it or not, we have to live with them.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 17:38

Some of it comes from experience gained over the years and some of it (probably most of it in my case) from repeating what I've read on here and hoping it's accurate

i don't need to sound silly but...

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 16:56

When I read the thread title I had visions of somebody planting a lawn one piece at a time.  Happy to discover I was wrong

xHose ~ any good?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 16:54

The main problem I've heard about with them is that they can't be repaired.  I've seen a couple of reports of people cross threading the connector and the hose then being unusable.  With a conventional hose you would just get a new connector.

Raised bed for alpines

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 12:40

Thanks for the thoughts folks.  We have a lot of garden to fill so I'm just thinking of practical alternatives for different areas.  In addition to 2 raised beds we have about 100' of border which gets full sun, roughly the same with partial shade and a section about 25' in full shade, part of which is shaded by our neighbour's conifer hedge.

All of the above are virtually empty at present.

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.... what a disappointment 
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If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

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Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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